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Judy Greer on “Arrested Development”: People are talking about bringing Kitty Sanchez back

Judy Greer on Arrested Development

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The new season of “Arrested Development” is happening. There’s visual proof it’s being written, which at least to us makes the announcement it’s happening seem all the more official. And with the entire fourth season to be released at once on Netflix, that’s all the more reason to be excited for 2013.

When we heard that Judy Greer was going to be at the DVD release party for “Jeff, Who Lives At Home,” we knew we wouldn’t let her get out of the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica without asking at least one question about “Arrested Development” and the potential return of Kitty Sanchez. When we last spoke to her, Greer said that no one had talked to her about coming back to the show yet. Unfortunately that hasn’t changed in the two and a half months since, but Greer did say that “people are talking to people” about her reprising her role.

“Not this people, but some people,” she joked. “People have talked to other people about me, and that’s real. No one has talked to me, but like, yeah, people are like, ‘Oh don’t worry.’ Someone was like, ‘Oh, I talked to so and so and they were like, don’t worry, she’s going to be in it,’ but I always say that unless I’m in the movie theater at the premiere watching my face on a fuck-off screen…”

But would Greer want to come back if creator Mitch Hurwitz would have her? That, to her, was a no brainer.

“Oh, yeah,” she said, adding that it would be no different than when she would film on “Arrested Development” before. “They’d be like, ‘Can you come in to work tonight?’ I’d be like, ‘Yes, where are you shooting?’ ‘In Piru, can you be here in an hour?’ ‘Yeah, I’m at dinner. Like, I’m drinking.’ ‘It’s fine, it’s fine, we just realized we have to have you in this scene.’ They were just kind of awesome.”

When we heard that Scott Baio was going to be reprising his role as Bob Loblaw in the fourth season of “Arrested Development,” we immediately rushed to pull together a list of 10 other characters we’d love to see head back to the small (computer) screen in the upcoming episodes. Kitty was of course at the top of the list, but we wanted to find out who Greer, as a fan, felt should return.

“Annyong. I mean, is he even secondary?” she was quick to answer. “You know how that Michael’s girlfriend [Marta Estrella] who was a Latina actress, but then it was one actress and then another actress replaced her? I feel they should have both actresses back. I feel that needs to happen.”

This awesome idea just confirms our belief that Greer should take over writing for the show. After all, when we last talked to her she admitted that she wanted Kitty to come back with all the Bluth secrets that she had been hoarding over the years and “take down the Bluths.” This time, she had an even more hilarious scheme set up for the former Bluth Company secretary.

“I also think I should be pregnant with one of their babies. Mystery baby,” she said. “I feel like Kitty should have all the secrets that takes them down, but we’ll see what they decide.”

Do you think Kitty Sanchez should return in the next season of “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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